SanDisk Crams 128GB on microSD Card: A World First
SanDisk launched a microSD card with a 128 GB capacity.
This week during Mobile World Congress 2014, SanDisk introduced the world's highest capacity microSDXC memory card, weighing a hefty 128 GB. That's a huge leap in storage compared to the 128 MB microSD card launched 10 years ago.
"The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk.
The company reports that the high capacity is possible on such a small form factor thanks to an "innovative" proprietary technique that allows for 16 memory die to be vertically stacked. Each one is also shaved to be thinner than a strand of hair.
"With 128 GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space," added Park.
Of course, you'll need a device that supports capacities of this size. Smartphones and tablets, the major audience for this card, typically support cards of 64 GB or less. SanDisk provides these as well, offering 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB and 8 GB, with a starting price of $29.99. Read speeds are up to 30 MB/s.
The product notes show that the card provides Class 10 performance for recording Full HD video. The card is also waterproof, temperature-proof, X-ray-proof, magnet-proof, shockproof, and comes with an SD adapter for digital camera compatibility.
In addition to launching the new 128 GB card, SanDisk also unleashed a new version of its Memory Zone app for Android. This app allows users to easily view, access, and backup their files from the device's internal storage. Memory Zone also has a new feature called OptiMem, which automatically sends old photos and videos to the memory card.
The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card is available now exclusively at Best Buy and Amazon, costing $199.99 USD. For more information about the new 128 GB card, head here.